Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a treat. Purposefully pleasant, where a musical meets the theatre with a twist. A twist of humour, and a great night out at the Theatre Royal for a couple of hours. The musical meets theatre experience is based on the hit 1988 film by the same name. It definitely takes two to tango. The charm of the French Riviera caught the audience's attention. From the get go, everyone was hooked. All based on the book by Jeffrey Lane.
Image: dirtyrottenscoundrels.com.au Image credit: Kurt Sneddon. The con men.
The two con men shined. Freddy, played by Matt Hetherington was prominent. So was Lawrence, played by Tony Sheldon. Lawrence agrees to take Freddy under his wing, to teach him all of the essentials on what being a con man is all about. They both agree on a $50,000 bet. Whoever wins the bet gets to stay, while the losing party has to leave town immediately. Christina Colgate, played by Amy Lehpamer apparently lost the bet. One of the con men played the role of a Doctor, while the other acted as a wheelchair bound man who would get upset every time someone danced the night away.
Image: dirtyrottenscoundrels.com.au The con men at work on their bet.
Known as the 'dirty rotten guys' - both Freddy and Lawrence did a great job in keeping the audience guessing. In tandem with laughter on tap, it was an arduous task in figuring out what was going to happen next throughout the entire play. This kept the storyline fresh and interesting.
Image: dirtyrottenscoundrels.com.au The part where Lawrence and Jolene said they were getting married.
Upbeat dancing, and fantastic music all round. David Yazbek has done an outstanding job with the music and lyrics for this play. Loved the ambience of the Riviera, surrounded by an abundance of palm trees. Definitely an old fashioned vibe, with a twist of wit and modernity to cater to a diverse audience. A really beautiful stage, and so were the costumes. So spot on. Loved the dresses and heels in particular. The con men played a variety of different roles in this play. So French with the right props to match, including the Moet and Chandon Champagne.
Image: dirtyrottenscoundrels.com.au. The part where Lawrence's brother comes out of the closet.
A 20-minute interlude follows after the first 75 minutes of the play. Comments from other audience members such as "a real back to Broadway experience" were prominent. Other main characters of the play include:
Andrew Thibault - played by John Wood (ex Blue Heelers) Muriel Eubanks - played by Anne Wood Jolene Oakes - played by Katrina Retallick
Other cast members:
Image: dirtyrottenscoundrels.com.au Image credit: Kurt Sneddon. It is easy to feel sorry for Freddy in this part of the play - at the casino.
One of the best musical meets theatre experiences - with a lively, enthusiastic cast that one has not seen in a while. Be prepared to laugh, and laugh often. Just go with the flow and enjoy the night. Do not worry about what is going to happen next. French culture and dancing will be your inspiration. In addition to fantastic costumes, the props were also fantastic. The positioning of the stairs was gold. The hotel scenes were always alive. The cocktail theme was also alive and well.
Image: dirtyrottenscoundrels.com.au Image credit: Kurt Sneddon. Andre and Muriel are up to something here.
Speaking of cocktails, themed cocktails can also be purchased for $15 each at the main bar during the entire season of this play. First up The Wealthy Spinster - which contains vodka, cointreau, cranberry juice, cherry and lime. The second available cocktail to coincide with this play is called Freddy's Fruity Fling. The latter cocktail comprises of Bacardi dark, Bacardi white, elderflower, passionfruit, orange and lime.
Image: dirtyrottenscoundrels.com.au Image credit: Kurt Sneddon. Christine Colgate in a cool hotel scene.